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AJC-STC Fail To Resolve 2009 Easter Race Dates
Meanwhile talks this week between Sydney Turf Club chief executive Michael Kenny, Australian Jockey Club racing manager Richard Freedman & Racing NSW have failed to resolve the on-going issue of whether the NSW Autumn Carnival (encompassing the STC showpiece Gr1 Golden Slipper & AJC flagship Gr1 Doncaster Handicap-Australian Derby double) will be held on fixed dates each year or vary annually depending on when Easter falls. Kenny told The Daily Telegraph: "The way I see it is, if you fix a date, you fix a date & if a race falls on Easter, it falls on Easter. Sometimes the AJC will get Easter & sometimes we will." But Freedman told the newspaper: "We have not ruled out fixing dates, but Royal Randwick & Easter is a brand & we've spent millions of dollars & more than 100 years developing that brand. Would you want to throw all that away?" Freedman & Kenny will meet again next week.